Empowering youth and families throughout Forest Lake and surrounding communities

Welcome to Lakes Center for Youth & Families. We believe when youth have healthy relationships, meaningful involvement, and relevant learning experiences, they grow up able to care for themselves, care for others, and positively contribute to the world.

Programs at Lakes Center for Youth & Families integrate these three components: healthy relationships within families, with positive adult role models, and with peers. Meaningful involvement within their communities, providing compelling opportunities to learn about and engage in the world around them. Relevant learning experiences within their world, of their choosing, and free from judgment.

 Guiding Successful Futures

Programs & Services

Our programs cover three core needs for mental health or personal development, including preventive and re-development services across all areas of life.

Counseling: We seek to build and strengthen our community through our work with children, adults, and family systems. Life transitions, difficult circumstances, and mental health-related symptoms without support can feel overwhelming and isolating. Our counseling center uses evidence-based approaches and therapy to treat a variety of conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders.

Intervention: We offer classes, individual programs, and groups to encourage and help youth develop healthy, positive decision-making skills and interrupt a pattern or potential pattern of behavior, which has resulted in negative outcomes.

Enrichment: We provide afterschool and summer programming for children in grades 4-6 to learn positive decision-making skills and a summer safety camp for children.


Offering individual group and family counseling for all ages


Developing healthy, positive decision-making skills


Creating opportunities for youth beyond the school day

Lakes Center for Youth and Families believes that no one should be denied access to services due to inability to pay. As a result, we have a discounted/sliding fee schedule available based on family size and income. Please inquire with staff if you would like to know more.


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102 - Christa Lachell
103 - Rebecca Bowers
104 - Carrie Niles
105 - Jessie Szmanda
106 - Jenny Birkholz          109 - Linda Madsen
110 - Sara Stromberg
112 - Linda Pasicznyk
114 - Jamie Prettner
116 - Emily Tatum


200 4th St SW
PO Box 970
Forest Lake, MN 55025


LC4YF staff are mostly working remotely.

We are open by appointment only.